Bait Shop [DVD]
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This isn't 'classic' comedy in any sense, but it never falls into the rut of 'toilet humor' (a frequent problem of the films of Engvall's peers), and it does promote positive family values, which is a happy 'plus'. Engvall is a 'natural', on camera, possessing the same kind of screen 'likability' as Tim Allen, and he and Cyrus play off each other surprisingly well.
"Bait Shop" isn't a 'must-have' kind of film, but makes a pretty good 'family movie night' entry!
The characters hanging at the bait shop were funny as well. Heck, even Billy Ray Cyrus did an amazing job being a stuck up pro on the tour. I think he had some of the best lines in the movie. When he found out his young admirer was Engvall's son he said something along the lines of "This is your son? I thought he was some wayward street orphan." Not an exact quote but you get the idea. He did however sport some of the ugliest clothes in cinematic history.
In fact, that's what I really didn't enjoy about the movie were the over the top fishing clothes Cyrus wore. I think a better idea would have been just to suit him up like any other pro and let his character's ego set him up as the villain. But... I have to admit his Elvis Style fishing Jumpsuit would turn heads out on the dock.
It's not an academy award winner but it is a good clean family fun movie; especially if you still have a real local bait shop. Take it for what it's worth, a straight to DVD movie for fishing folk.
To make matters worse the flashy bass fisherman, Hot Rod Johnson (Billy Ray Cyrus) has opened a fish emporium store next to Bill's Bait Shop. Bill enters the local fishing tournament were the prize is $50,000 in order to save his shop. Bill uses his old fashion fishing methods, while Hot Rod uses the latest high tech fish finders.
The comedy was simple. The story ignores the fact of any zoning discussions, or how one must legally land a fish in a tournament. While the movie creates characters, most of them were caricatures.
A fairly good film for family night. Only very slight innuendos, such as when Bill and his wife wake up, he places his arm around her and she says, "No." Girls in bikinis.
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